Lancaster University and The Dukes are thrilled to have won the Arts Partnership Award at the inaugural North West Cultural Education Awards.
This success comes as a result of The Dukes Cultural Partnership with Lancaster University which has aimed to enrich the culture of the city through the development of arts, education and learning in Lancaster.
The award itself was presented at a ceremony in Preston organised by Curious Minds. This organisation aims to use arts and cultural learning activities to help the lives of children and young people in the North West.
A particular focus of The Dukes Cultural Partnership with Lancaster University, which began in 2014, has been their work with young people and communities which are traditionally under-represented in Higher Education. The Make initiative has developed projects to help build lasting relationships with communities and partnership schools from traditional ‘hard to reach’ communities including the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller community, a Pupil Referral Unit, young carers and people with dementia.
The Dukes Outreach and Learning Manager, Vicky Fletcher said: “We are delighted that our Cultural Partnership, which has been doing lots of valuable work within the community, has been recognised with such a prestigious award.”
Professor Andrew Atherton, Lancaster University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor said: “Lancaster University is committed to supporting more people within our community to engage in education. Our Cultural Partnership with The Dukes provides a wide range of people with the opportunity to participate in education and learning in a new and creative way and we are very pleased to see that work recognised with this reward.”
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